The Rufous hummers have arrived in force, now on their way south. They join the regulars – the Black-chinned hummers. Also around is an occasional Broad-tailed hummer. The Broad-tails arrived early in the season, and then mostly went to upper elevations. When a male visits, he announces his presence with the unmistakable whistling produced by his wings. And we’ve seen one Calliope, so far.
The male Rufous is a spectacular bird, and like other hummingbirds, presents a changing array of colors in his gorget, depending on the position of the the bird’s head. Here are a few “angles” on the Rufous.
The chain seen in these photos supports the stovepipe of our hot tub, the feeder and provides a perch for the birds while awaiting their turn, or, as is the case with the male Rufous, a position from which to drive off competitors.